Are snails born with their shells? © Getty Images

Are snails born with their shells?

There's a reason why snails need to eat eggs for breakfast.

Asked by: Katy Williams, Burntwood


Yes, although the shell is transparent and soft to begin with. Snails need calcium to harden their shells and the first thing a newly hatched snail does is to eat the casing of its own egg to absorb calcium. Some snails will also cannibalise the shells of their unhatched siblings. Over the next three months, the shell gets thicker and acquires the full adult colouration.


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